Board of Appeal & Equalization
Understanding Your Property AssessmentIn Minnesota, property taxes provide most of the funding for local government services. Carver County collects the taxes and distributes the money between the county, cities, townships, school districts and special districts such as the Metropolitan Council, Southwest Metro Transit, Water Maintenance Organizations and the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. Each property's share of taxes is determined according to its value, use, and the property tax levies. Assessors are responsible for estimating property values and setting property classification for tax purposes.
How You Can Appeal Your Market Value and Property Class
If you disagree with your estimated market value or classification, you may appeal in one of the following ways:
Step One: Contact Carver County Property Assessment Office
If you disagree with your estimated market value or classification, please contact Carver County Property Assessment Office at (952) 361-1960.
Step Two: Open Book Process
Prior to appealing to the county board, property owners must first present their appeal to the city. Chanhassen participates in the Open Book Process at the Carver County Assessor's Office in Chaska. Property owners may make their appeal in person from April 13 through May 15, 2020 any time between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Assessor's Office at 600 East Fourth Street in Chaska. If your appeal is unsuccessful, proceed to step three. NOTE: If you do not first appeal to the local Board of Review through the Open Book Process, your appeal cannot be heard by the County Board of Appeal & Equalization.
Step Three: County Board of Appeal & Equalization
If a property owner is not satisfied with the outcome of the Open Book Process, the Carver County Board of Appeal and Equalization will hear appeals from property owners who disagree with the city's assessed value of their property. The five-member Board is made up of the Carver County Board of Commissioners. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9:00 am at 600 East Fourth Street in Chaska.
Step Four: Tax Court
There are two divisions of the Minnesota Tax Court: Small Claims and Regular Division.
The Small Claims Division will hear appeals involving homestead property providing there is only one dwelling unit per parcel per petition, or any property with an estimated market value of less than $300,000. The Small Claims Division is quite informal with a more relaxed atmosphere than the Regular Division. The proceedings are not recorded and the decisions do not set legal precedent. All decisions of the Small Claims Division are final and cannot be apealed to another court. The cost of filing my be obtained by calling the Carver County Court Administrators at (952) 361-1420.
The Regular Division will hear all appeals. The Regular Division is more formal than the Small Claims Division. Taxpayers are often represented by an attorney. Ordinary rules of court and evidence apply and the proceedings are recorded. Decisions of the Regular Division can be appealed to a higher court. The cost of filing an appeal may be obtained by calling the Carver County Court Administrators at (952) 361-1420.
Appeals may be made directly to the Regular Division of the Minnesota Tax Court without utilizing the City Board of Review (Open Book Process) or the County Board of Appeal & Equalization. The Regular Division is described above.
Information About Filing in Tax Court
All appeals to Tax Court must be filed on or before April 30th of the year the tax becomes payable. Specific instructions on how to appeal to Tax Court, as well as forms for same, can be obtained by visiting the Minnesota Tax Court website, by contacting the Minnesota Tax Court at 25 Constitution Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55155, or from the Carver County Court Administrator's office at (952) 361-1420.